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PUBLIC eat+drink

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American, French, Contemporary, Pub, Gastropub
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34 Holden Street, North Adams, MA 01247
+1 413-664-4444
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11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu - Sun 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Description: Founded in 2011, PUBLIC serves casual, inventive American food with an...
Founded in 2011, PUBLIC serves casual, inventive American food with an emphasis on freshness, flavor, and in-house preparation. The restaurant offers an extensive, rotating craft beer program with 11 taps and over a dozen additional selections in bottles, along with a carefully curated wine list and inventive cocktail offerings. PUBLIC serves lunch Thursday - Sunday from 11:30am, and dinner 7 days from 4pm. The bar is open until midnight or later.
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  • 180
    Excellent
  • 138
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent meal, Smalls to bigs!

We started off with the homemade pate, and we were instantly blown away. We finished it up with a spoon. Then moved on to fish tacos and a beet salad. The main course was the ramen.... Mind blown. Although we had plenty of delicious food, we decided to grab a dessert. Glad we did! Ice cream... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Ashley S
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We started off with the homemade pate, and we were instantly blown away. We finished it up with a spoon. Then moved on to fish tacos and a beet salad. The main course was the ramen.... Mind blown. Although we had plenty of delicious food, we decided to grab a dessert. Glad we did! Ice cream sandwich, with hot chocolate... More 

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Thank Ashley S
North Adams, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had a great meal. The fried brussel sprouts are delicious. My only complaint is that it loud. The acoustics of the building are to blame.

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Thank Rasocb
Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the second time we have dined at PUBLIC, and our happy memory was positively reinforced. This restaurant is a smart-casual foodie watering hole with an interesting and well-executed menu that's not too expensive. We loved the cheese board to start, and enjoyed everything we ordered - fancy flatbread for my daughter, a BBQ burger for my son, pork... More 

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Thank khgmd01
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Public on Sunday night and the service was very slow, very confused and the food came out wrong. Making matters worse there did not seem to be any urgency to our issues and the manager did not take charge of the situation. This restaurant needs to have its owner on sight, and hire and train the staff much... More 

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Thank David N
Troy, NY
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94 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hubby and I decided to take a winter drive and headed out toward Williamstown and North Adams. We had eaten dinner about a year ago with a group of younger friends and liked it so thought we'd give this a try for lunch. The interior is open and airy with a large bar off to one corner. We were warmly... More 

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Thank JudyTroy_NY
Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I guess I feel mislead by all the "very good" ratings here on TripAdvisor; they are why my husband and I decided to eat here on our last evening in North Adams. Ultimately we wish we had driven some for a better meal. The food and atmosphere were just OK, really. My Mediterranean pasta had several ingredients, but was pretty... More 

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Thank CleanWouldBeNice
Providence, Rhode Island
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I've been to Public many times over the past 2 years and it is reliably good. The food is very tasty and the restaurant offers an interesting and changing array of big, medium and small plates. The serving sizes are quite reasonable. I especially like their flat bread pizzas, with ingredients changing regularly. It is often crowded, however, so expect... More 

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Thank Nnie V
New York City, New York
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Public is the best. Something for all tastes and budgets. Excellent beer and wine list. Tasty food. Great service

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Thank Veronica T
Asheville, North Carolina
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I was there on business and decided to swing in for dinner. I am glad I did-one of the best hamburgers I have ever had-spend the extra $3.00 for the local grass feed burger. Great selection of craft beer on hand and located in a old, historic building.

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Thank jkkelly230Clearwater
Cambridge, MA
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

I've been to this restaurant several times and have enjoyed it during each. It is probably the best restaurant in North Adams (admittedly, I haven't sampled ALL of them) with great, fresh food and a solid beer list.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 34 Holden Street, North Adams, MA 01247
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Berkshires  >  North Adams
  • Phone Number: +1 413-664-4444

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, French, Contemporary, Pub, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene

Description

Founded in 2011, PUBLIC serves casual, inventive American food with an emphasis on freshness, flavor, and in-house preparation. The restaurant offers an extensive, rotating craft beer program with 11 taps and over a dozen additional selections in bottles, along with a carefully curated wine list and inventive cocktail offerings. PUBLIC serves lunch Thursday - Sunday from 11:30am, and dinner 7 days from 4pm. The bar is open until midnight or later.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Monday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?